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Last Two Weeks Worth of Coin Finds


Saor Alba

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My previous week for coin finds was lackluster, I went through two boxes of cents for a total of 5.000 cents and only turned up a measly 11 wheats and not a lot of pre-1982 bronze only about 1/4 of the coins were pre-1982. Here is a listing of the total finds from those two boxes:

 

Wheats

1910 beat up, but a 100 year old coin!

1929

1930

1946 - a nice red BU coin

1946-D

1948

1951-S

1953-D

1956-D

1957-D

 

S Mints

1969 x 3

1970

1971

1974

 

Canada

GVI

1940

1941

1946

 

QEII YH

1960

1962 x 6

1963 x 2

1964 x 6

 

1976 Centennial

 

 

And that rounded out the previous week. Sort of ho hum except for the 1910 and the 1946 that was BU and well sort of the 1951-S.

 

Now on to this last week. On Wednesday I was buying a soda for my son, and when I got the change back from the clerk I heard a higher sounding pitch in the clinking of the coins she was handing me. I thought to myself, oh great, she is handing me a Canadian 25 cent coin - I really don't like getting Canadian coins. I looked at the change briefly and determined there was no Canadian 25 cent coin, rather it was George in my paw. And he was dated 1963, and his edge had none of that narsty coppery look, rather he was looking right 90%. A good start to a week.

 

So yesterday whilst getting dosh for the obligatory hockey game on Saturday night I sauntered into my local banking institutions where the nice young ladies are always very accommodating to mine numismatic pursuits. I asked if they had any pre-1970 halves, and surely - a 1967 peaked out from the drawer. Then I bought a box of cents again, and this one was much better than the last two. In face nearly 1/2 of this box was pre-1982 bronze, and my best box for wheaties ever:

 

1929 - another one and this one is about VF

1937

1941

1944 x 2

1945-D

1950

1950-D x 2

1953

1953-D

1954-D x 2

1955

1955-D x 2

1956

1956-D x 6

1957-D x 4

1958-D x 2

 

S Mints

1969 x 2

1971

1974

 

Canada

QEII YH

1958

1961

1962 x 2

1964

1967 Centennial x 2

 

So finally a decent coin find week, two silvers, and 34 wheats.

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Not bad, although I would agree that out of 5,000 coins, I would expect a little bit more. Still, I have found that on average, you can expect about 1 in 200-400 pennies to be a wheatie, and about 1 in 100 or so to be Canadian. Of course, this goes up pretty significantly if you're lucky enough to snag a coin star dump.

 

Good luck with your next searches!

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Not bad, although I would agree that out of 5,000 coins, I would expect a little bit more. Still, I have found that on average, you can expect about 1 in 200-400 pennies to be a wheatie, and about 1 in 100 or so to be Canadian. Of course, this goes up pretty significantly if you're lucky enough to snag a coin star dump.

 

Good luck with your next searches!

 

 

In my part of the country Canadians are so common I do not save them unless they are pre-1996 Bronze coins, and really save the pre-1965 YH, GVI and yes, even a few GV's in the past three years.

 

In the last box of 2500 coins, 34 were wheat cents which was a record number for a box for me.

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In my part of the country Canadians are so common I do not save them unless they are pre-1996 Bronze coins, and really save the pre-1965 YH, GVI and yes, even a few GV's in the past three years.

 

In the last box of 2500 coins, 34 were wheat cents which was a record number for a box for me.

I was surprised how steeply the number of Canadian coins dropped off just moving from Toledo to Columbus. Up there they were a normal part of pocket change; down here, they're relatively uncommon. Heck, I'd even see the odd Canadian paper dollar or five up there. Seem to recall landing a $2 once; even more uncommon than our own $2s.

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The Canadian $2s bills dropped out of circulation in the mid 1990's, I remember spending one about 10 years ago in Canada and the clerk remarking that she hadn't seen one in awhile. Funnily enough though, I bought $84 worth of Series 1954 and 1973 notes at my bank early last year - Canadians bring their older stuff over the border and spend it in the clearance malls that take Canadian money and then the business deposits it in my bank. There were quite a few of the $2's from the 1954 series in there, and even several $1's. I know the Bank of Canada redeems them, but it might be easier to just spend them in the USA when you can than try to exchange them in Canada - a lot like stories I hear frequently about people encountering Series 1928 or Series 1934 notes in the USA that are unfamiliar and raise the flags that it might be a fake.

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The Canadian $2s bills dropped out of circulation in the mid 1990's, I remember spending one about 10 years ago in Canada and the clerk remarking that she hadn't seen one in awhile. Funnily enough though, I bought $84 worth of Series 1954 and 1973 notes at my bank early last year - Canadians bring their older stuff over the border and spend it in the clearance malls that take Canadian money and then the business deposits it in my bank. There were quite a few of the $2's from the 1954 series in there, and even several $1's. I know the Bank of Canada redeems them, but it might be easier to just spend them in the USA when you can than try to exchange them in Canada - a lot like stories I hear frequently about people encountering Series 1928 or Series 1934 notes in the USA that are unfamiliar and raise the flags that it might be a fake.

Yeah, it was back in the '70s that I ran across the Canadian $2. Before the Bicentennial $2 came out, as I recall. First time I saw a Canadian $5 -- the Laurier version, '72 -- it blew my tiny mind. It hadn't occurred to me that bills could be anything other than green and black, or at least essentially monochromatic.

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Yeah, it was back in the '70s that I ran across the Canadian $2. Before the Bicentennial $2 came out, as I recall. First time I saw a Canadian $5 -- the Laurier version, '72 -- it blew my tiny mind. It hadn't occurred to me that bills could be anything other than green and black, or at least essentially monochromatic.

 

 

Wanna know the really sad thing about the USA monochromatic coloured bills, the technology was available by the late 1860s to print notes in multi-colour, and indeed American Banknote Company did, for foreign customers:

 

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The technology was there, and owned by an American company, but the Treasury went for bland and dull.

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